Portugal's gays protest referendum to anull adoption rights

Apeals submitted to constitutional and European courts

28 January, 18:04

    (ANSAmed) - LISBON, JANUARY 28 - Portuguese gay and transgender associations reacted to Parliament's decision to call a referendum to ban adoption rights for same-sex couples by submitting an appeal Wednesday to the country's Constitutional Court. They have also announced that they will be taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights, as they hold that the decision infringes on the rights of the individual. Parliament voted in favor of a referendum on January 17 with a narrow majority and polemics within the center-right government coalition. The measure was voted for only by the Social Democratic Party (PSD), the party of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, while their junior coalition partner in the government, the Popular Party (CDS), abstained. The Parliament's decision was sent to the Constitutional Court to be assessed by Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva.

    The referendum aims to annul the law in force authorizing gay married couples to adopt their partners' children.

    The law on the divisive issue passed unexpectedly on May 17 with votes from the center-left, which took advantage of an unusual absence in mass of MPs from the conservative majority.


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